THANK YOU to all for
helping to give Vermont children in need their dignity, and a fresh outlook on life through the gift of a new pair of sneakers.


Vermont Films Group
Kicks4VTKids Distribution 2019


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Like all kids, children in poverty want to fit in with their peers.  Shoes carry a lot of status, and it breaks my heart to see some children wearing ill-fitting, worn out shoes.  When my students get new shoes, you can see it most on their faces. I would love to be able to recognize need and address it in a way that is meaningful and immediate.  Through our collaboration with the Stratton Foundation, I will be able to assist the families in poverty that I serve in ways that will have an immediate impact and will alleviate some of the stresses associated with rural poverty.
— Scotty Tabachnick – Newbrook
We see so many students whose families can’t afford new sneakers that fit the child.  Very often they get hand me downs or second-hand store shoes that are very worn and most times are too big or too small.  Having shoes that don’t fit properly will cause the child to fall more often, especially with overly big shoes.  Worn out shoes do not give the child any support and can cause physical problems over a longer period of time.  Also, it is hard to watch a child with a new pair of sneakers show them off because it tends to make the child with the second-hand sneakers embarrassed and sad.  Students that come from families in need have a harder time fitting in with their peers. When a child in need gets new sneakers, it makes a difference. The student feels like they fit in. They walk prouder and seem surer of themselves. They also can participate in gym class like everyone else, instead of making excuses as to why they didn’t bring sneakers to gym class.
— Heidi Russ- Townshend